What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Is a personality disorder that makes the individual have intense emotions which are negative such as panic, terror and anger. It also can make the individual feel very low one moment then a little while later they can feel okay. Also, they may experience thoughts of extreme sadness or hearing voices (hallucinations). The average age someone is diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder is in the teenage years and early 20s however some people have been diagnosed in their 30’s. 40% of people with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder may have been misdiagnosed with other mental health illnesses such as bipolar or depression.
- Persistently unstable sense of self.
- Feelings of worthlessness, emptiness, hopelessness and anger.
- Short spans of emotions in little time
- Intense moments of anxiety or depression
- Paranoid thinking
- Risky behaviour such as substance abuse
- Self-injury or suicidal behaviour
How to get help
There is a therapy that can help an individual with Borderline Personality Disorder. This is called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
It allows individuals to learn how to regulate and handle overwhelming emotions.
Medications can not treat Borderline Personality Disorder but is used to stop some symptoms such as depression.
How to manage Borderline Personality Disorder
- Set clear and manageable goals: little goals will help build confidence and achieve tasks.
- Build confidence to handle difficult situations: building confidence may take a long time however it is worth it.
- Play music: playing music can calm you down or help when feeling depressed.
- Go for walks: walking can help clear your mind as well as maintaining healthy.
- Find support: local doctors or hospitals can help by referring you to counsellors or organisations that can help you. This maybe help one to one or as a group.
- Help someone else: this can be with little things such as tidying up or doing an activity. It could also mean helping others with emotional distress. This is because it can take your mind off other problems that you may be facing.